CBC Should Be Reviewed Every 5 Years – Prof. Raphael Munavu
In Lodwar, a session for public participation organized by the Presidential Working Group on Education Reforms centered on competency-based curricula.
The team, led by Prof. Raphael Munavu, attentively listened as enthusiastic members of the public, primarily education stakeholders, discussed education reforms.
Prof. Munavu stated that the steering committee would collect public feedback by November 18 and prepare an interim report.
He stated that public members should submit their opinions to ABSA Towers, Nairobi, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We need to own this process because all learners belong to us and we have a role to play in shaping their values, the structure of education, the content and the curriculum,” said Munavu.
He stated that the curriculum should be evaluated every five years to ensure that it meets the needs of society.
In addition, the chairman stated that concerns about marginalization, children’s safety, and kids’ nourishment, particularly during the present drought, were discussed during the meeting.
Although the working party was also tasked with identifying areas that the public desired to see reform in the education sector, including primary, secondary, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), special needs education, universities, and adult education, the cost of learning materials and parental involvement in curriculum delivery appeared to be of concern to its members.
Peter Ewaat, executive secretary of the County KNUT, deemed the CBC’s goals of fostering community service, instilling values in students, and parental involvement admirable.
“The main challenge is provision of teaching and learning materials. The government should allocate adequate resources to fund CBC programmes because this will help resolve issues facing parents and teachers,” said Ewaat.
A community leader, Susan Aletia, praised the president for beginning public involvement in school changes within his first 100 days in office but added that the previous administration should have begun with public participation before adopting CBC.
He noted that before altering the 8-4-4 system, the government should have evaluated its effectiveness. Aletia stated that we must examine the proposed changes to CBC to ensure they are well-considered.
Kenyaman Ariang’oa, head of the area KNUT, lamented that the county’s persistent insecurity had hindered the delivery of CBC.
“We lost five CBC going children who were burnt to ashes in Napeitom and the school closed. The government needs to beef up security in the area,” he said.
In addition, he advocated for the prohibition of grazing livestock on school grounds, arguing that it exposed youngsters to danger.
In addition, he recognized water scarcity as another difficulty in implementing the CBC program.
Prof. David Some, a member of the working group, urged members of the public to recommend reforms for public and educational institutions.